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Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar Gloss Natural

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The first model to be introduced in the Exotic Wood Series, the Ibanez EW2012ASENT 12-string acoustic-electric guitar sports an eye-popping figured-a...Click To Read More About This Product

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Striking looks and rich tone.

The first model to be introduced in the Exotic Wood Series, the Ibanez EW2012ASENT 12-string acoustic-electric guitar sports an eye-popping figured-ash body. The wood's lavish grain will compete for attention with the guitar's big bold sound that projects powerfully plugged-in or not. A B-Band UST pickup delivers the signal to an SRTn preamp equipped with a tuner and a notch filter for keeping feedback at bay. With 1/4" and XLR outputs, you're ready to plug 'n' play via your own amp or the house's sound system.

FEATURES
  • 12 String
  • Onboard tuner
  • Notch filter
  • Case sold separately
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Model: EW2012ASENT
  • Style: 12-String EW Body with Cutaway
  • Top: Figured Ash
  • Back and Sides: Figured Ash
  • Bracing: X bracing
  • Rosette: Abalone
  • Tuners: Ibanez Chrome Die-Cast
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Pickup: B-Band UST Pickup
  • Electronics: Ibanez AEQ-SP2 preamp with onboard tuner
  • Outputs: Balanced 1/4" and XLR Outputs
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP36 Coated 80/20 Bronze, 12-String, Light, (.010-.047 Gauge)
  • Saddle: Ivorex II Nut and Saddle
  • Bridge Pins: Ibanez Advantage Bridge Pins
  • Output jack: Balanced XLR & 1/4" outputs
  • Finish: Gloss
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IbanezExotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 36 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good audio (13)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Stays in tune (11)
  • Consistent (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • School bands (3)
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    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best 12 ever ....for me !`

I bought a return and saved a bunch ... great tone and electronics ... I detuned to D but changed back to E when my old boney hands got stronger ....

I bought a return and saved a bunch ... great tone and electronics ... I detuned to D but changed back to E when my old boney hands got stronger ....

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A bit thin sounding for a 12 String

I bought this guitar based on hearing similar Ibanez acoustics, and the 35 reviews that seem overwhelmingly positive.

The guitars construction is very nice, and it's a unique looking acoustic....Read complete review

I bought this guitar based on hearing similar Ibanez acoustics, and the 35 reviews that seem overwhelmingly positive.

The guitars construction is very nice, and it's a unique looking acoustic. Craftsmanship appears to be solid. When I unpacked it, all was well. However, I was a bit disappointed in the sound once I tuned up. I thought the sound was thin, and not as loud as a similarly priced Breedlove 6 string I purchased a few years ago. I'm going to try different strings, and the high G popped within a couple of days of purchased. The guitar sounds great plugged into an amp, and has an on board tuner and EQ. No case. Overall a good guitar for the price, but I would prefer something with a warmer sound. I'm hoping strings other than D'Addario, and some aging make this guitar sound better.

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(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Overall VAlue in a 12-string

By Bill McNichols

from AZ

Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar as most of the Ibanez guitars in this class - I've owned or sampled others - is a great value. Very high quality in finish and fit. Great, even tone, though I hoped it would be louder. I had a 6 string in this wood finish and it was louder - my overall pick for best value guitar I ever played. So I bought this and I am very happy. You'd have to pay more than double the price to get a noticeably better 12-string tone. The electronics are easy to use and offer a wide range of aural settings. No problems with feedback even in my marshall amp, though I usually play it through my PA. The neck is about as thin as you can get on a 12 string - I like the feel and the action. If you want a 12-string that does everything but break the bank, try this one.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ibanez EW20AS 12-sring -- This guitar is beautiful & Sweet!!!

By Mark Valente

from Colorado, USA

Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I give this axe a big 10! This guitar arrived via UPS ground on-time. I opened up the box, which was not damaged anywhere on the outside--not one cardboard bend. Musician's Friend packaged this inside another box with good packing material, as well. When I pulled the guitar out of the box--I saw the guitar it was BEAUTIFUL. This New Shiny and Well Polished High Gloss Radiant Exotic Wood with an eye-catching Quilted-top Axe was a serious Eye-Beholder!

It plays wonderfully and with the built-in electronics and going through a clean amp it has marvelous rich 12-string tone; and when you turn on the built-in chorus on a 12-string--LOOK OUT! This also has a built-in tuner, volume, tone controls and Phase change switch. This axe at this price is such a great deal! It Looks GOOD, Looks GOOD hung up on my wall, Plays GOOD, Sounds GOOD, and Ibanez's quality in this axe is Extremely GOOD. It's almost like GOD had made it--like GOD created this axe on the 8th day and saw that it was GOOD!

I only had one issue--I did have my high 'G' string break 2 times, but the high 'G' string is a .008 guaged string, which is lighter than the High 'E' string and has to be tuned higher than the High 'E' string--which is more suseptible to break. I called Musician's friend and they are sending me a whole new 12-string set of strings for it--Great Customer Service! Iam well pleased with their service and instrument quality through mail order and would definetely buy from them again!

Mark V.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar, Even Greater Value!!

By Metalcop

from New England

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Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is a great guitar, and an excellent value! I recently played with a friend who has a $1200+ Taylor 12 string. Honestly, my Ibanez blew his guitar away! It just plain sounded better, and was noticeably louder and projected better. The fit and finish of this guitar is perfect, no issues whatsoever. No inlays take some getting used to. However, since this guitar will almost always be played, sitting down, it was easy to overcome. The action is very, very good. I am an experienced player, but even a novice could play this guitar, with ease. This guitar also sounds very, very good, when plugged in through the LR Baggs electronics. The tuner is not so great, it it slow to respond and the lights are extremely (too) small. The guitar came well packed, padded and double boxed, even though I ordered a case for it, MF shipped it separately?! I would prefer gold hardware, with a figured top guitar, but for what I paid, I can swap out the hardware myself, and still be way ahead! I would highly recommend this guitar!

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best 12 ever ....for me !`

By Brian Dee

from Melbourne Fl

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Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought a return and saved a bunch ... great tone and electronics ... I detuned to D but changed back to E when my old boney hands got stronger ....

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice, beautiful guitar

By Luke

from Upper Michigan

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Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Guitar is awesome, for the price it is great and extremely good looking. It is not a real loud guitar, pretty quiet. The only wish is that I wish it had a pick gaurd. The value is great. The buttons do get accidentally pressed on the electric controls from leaning when I am playing sitting down, but when standing it should not be a problem at all

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally got one !!!

By Brian Dee

from Melbourne Fl

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Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

After earning a few extra buks gigging with my 6 I finally got this 12 string ... no regrets whatsoever ! I play a single gig so I need a full sound and this delivers !!! Probably the best guitar I ever bought ! Get it !!!!!!!!!!!

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT ACOUSTIC 12 STRING

By david jimenez

from AMERICA!

Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

i give the guitar these ratings because no guitar is perfect but just almost is. i definetly recommend this guitar if youre on a budget. the price is perfect for the quality of the guitar. i also recomend buying a hard shell case for it as soon as you get it.
For my first 12 string acoustic i am extremely satisfied.
the tuning pegs are good. keeps me in tune even if i play hard like i do. the tuner is a bit difficult to use, but its always better to use a different tuner.has two outputs, XLR, and instrumet cable.the finish is beautiful.the neck is nice and wide and great to play.
very strongly built.sounds awesome with new strings!im not a fan of the onboard tuner.
the value is awesome. for this proce range nothing can beat it. beautfil finsh, great playability, great sound.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great for the price

By kevin-fDnyM

from pa

Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

i love this guitar. the action on it was great and plays very easy the whole way up the neck. the sound is kind of quiet but i don't kind at all. my only problem is that when its plugged in the bass notes seem to ring out over everything no matter how i adjust the eq, although i'm not playing through an acoustic amp. but overall a sweet guitar!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy it and love it!!!

By MountainSufi

from Jackson Hole, WY

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Pros

  • Gorgeous
  • Great sound
  • Sounds great amplified

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Seduction

    Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Howdy from Jackson Hole!

    I bought this & it sounded pretty good out of the box, but had high action and buzzzz on some strings in some places.

    Brought it to a master luthier 40 miles and a mountain pass away. Went with a buddy who had a lower level Martin 12 string along to have it also worked on...

    We both paid fair amounts for for the best work that could be done. We're both delighted with the work done on our instruments. Lemme tell you... This Ibanez 12 string blows the Martin out of the water for butter soft play ability and gorgeous twaygy-ey sound after both were worked on by a master luthiere. We both liked our instruments so much we both gave a righteous tip and said, "Keep the change."

    The luthiere did a number of tweaks on my Ibanez (INCLUDING filing grooves in the nut,among other mods that fit my playing style). It was done AFTER the guitar had dried out from the high humidity in China where it was made. Result? Very little string buzzz for a 12 string, much better tone, the lowest action possible to get good tone, and a louder sound than before.

    Bottom line? Buy the sucker, have a master luthiere set it up locally, tip him/her on top of their fee... You'll have a fantastic guitar that knocks the socks of a Martin 12 and a luthiere friend for life.

    What a deal!

    Happy Trails!

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    (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great sound

    By Tim

    from Whidbey Island, WA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    The condition was beautiful, hard to believe it was used. Great tone, built in tuner is a real plus. First Ibanez I have owned, great workmanship and finish. No complaints at all

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beauty In the Eye of the Beholder

    By Worshipsinger

    from Chicago, IL

    Pros

    • Appearance
    • price
    • Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I love the look of figured ash. I realize it can sometimes be sort of gaudy and over-the-top. That said, I loved the first guitar I received after I placed my order. It had lots of the swirls and 'bubbles' I expect from this wood. I previously owned a 6 string Ibanez with figured ash, a little darker in hue, and had always loved its appearance. But the onboard tuner of the first guitar I received did not work. By the way, the tuner should work without the guitar being hooked up to an amplifier. When I contacted Ibanez, they e-mailed me back that some of their acoustic-electric guitars have tuners that only work when plugged into an amplifier - this completes the circuit. I could not get a straight answer as to whether that was true for this particular guitar. I wanted to keep the guitar, as I've said I liked the look of it, so I contacted the local authorized repair facility to look into having it repaired under warranty. They told me that they have trouble getting parts from Ibanez and that it would be best for me to send the guitar in and exchange it. I contacted Musicians Friend and they e-mailed me a return label. The replacement guitar I received is not as 'showy' as the one I returned. The wood grain looks more like typical wood grain, no 'bubbles' or swirls on the top or back although there is some of that on the sides. It's probably for the best, as I said this wood can sometimes look a little gaudy. But for now I am a little disappointed in the appearance. That is the trouble with ordering online, but no stores seem to have this guitar in stock. Anyway, the tuner on this one works fine and the sound is very good. Some people have complained that it's a little quiet - sounds plenty loud to me, but then I don't play in public, just at home. For the price, you can't beat this guitar. Great sound, and interesting appearance.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great 12-string for the price

        By tulsapoke

        from Tulsa, OK

        Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Beautiful sound combined with remarkable visual aesthetics makes this a great value for the price. The factory setup was sufficient. This thing came ready to play.The SRTn built-in tuner and notch filter is very handy and works well. I don't have a proper acoustic amp to test it amplified, but I've run it through a Marshal half-stack and it sounds good.I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a nice 12-string who doesn't want to spend a lot of money. My only complaint is that it didn't come with a case.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Guitar

        By Jetliner Gypsies

        from St. Louis, Mo

        Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I have been looking for a 12 string guitar for a couple of years. I was having difficulty finding the exact one that I wanted. My friend suggested that I start my search by starting with picking the guitar I liked the looks of most. That is the first thing that drew me to this guitar. It is absolutely beautiful. Secondly I wanted an Acoustic Electric, check. Finally the sound is great. The strings were a very light gauge when I bought it, putting on heaver strings brought out a great low end in the guitar. I love this guitar, and use it at our gigs for 2 or 3 songs a night.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sexiest 12 string I've ever seen.

        By ringding

        from Ridgeway Ontario

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        Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I purchased this guitar a little over a month ago and haven't gone a day without picking it up. Its extremely playable, sounds bright, jangly and full, and looks really sexy. I love the figured ash, laminated as it may be, it still sounds great. However- it is not flawless. The finish is great, but out of the box had a few dings. Very minor, but still worth nothing. Also the battery compartment (AA's!) feels like its going to snap off because it's so stiff. I would also recommend changing the strings right away, one of mine snapped very quickly. All in all, i love this thing. Don't let the minor flaws steer you away from buying this. It's extremely comfortable and easy to play, and it sounds awesome plugged in or not. I definitely recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a good solid 12.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great 12 String Guitar at a really reasonable price

        By Bulldogwings

        from Isla Mujeres, Mx.

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        Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I received this guitar one month ago for my birthday. It had a minor problem on
        one of the b strings with a sort of sitar effect. I took it to Faultline Music here in
        Paso Robles, CA. John filed a small burr off the nut and it sounds great now.

        The tuner is OK but I usually use an external tuner. The pre-amp and chorus
        are also acceptable but I generally use the chorus in my Roland amp.

        This is a visually beautiful guitar. The wood grain is striking and the tone is quite nice for
        a guitar of this price. The workmanship is also very nice.
        I highly recommend this guitar to anyone that would like an
        attractive, nice sounding 12 string that won't bankrupt you.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AZ Jammer

        By AZ Jammer

        from Arizona

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        Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This is one sweet 12-string. I owned a Fender Villager in the '70's and this guitar has a superior sound as well as being easier to fret. I play it through a Crate Taos amp and this combo sings! Its thicker body gives the bass notes a deep sound unequaled by many other guitars which is what I love. Looks are a bit garish for my taste but the sound it produces is the sound I was after. Considering the quality of the instrument and the electronics it has make it a great value.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        So very playable

        By Gary Kaylor

        from Arizona

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        Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I had a Rokkoman back in the mid 70's and sold it for some dumb reason I can't fathom now. I have found the perfect replacement!
        For an acoustic/electric 12 string the on board features can't be argured with.
        I've had this for a short time but am impressed with the playability, tuning and overall sound quality of this very affordable yet well built piece
        Are you kidding me? this beautiful sound and look for this price?

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I definately recommend this guitar

        By Deano

        from Sebring, Florida

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        Pros

        • Beautiful to the eyes!
        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is beautiful - not only to the eyes, but to the ears as well. I purchased this instrument for my son, who is an accomplished guitarist. He absolutely loves to play it, He has had other 12 string guitars, but says this one is the best, over all, he has ever had. Our family loves to sit and listen to the beautiful sounds he produces with this guitar, I considered other makes of 12 strings but actually picked this one because it was so beautiful. My son is 46 years old - he has been playing since he was about 14. He has been through many guitars - so far, this is his favorite.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          So very happy !!!!

          By Brian Dee

          from Melbourne Fl

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          Pros

          • Beautiful Wood And Finish
          • Great sustain
          • Love The Electronics
          • Quickly Arrived On Time

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Big Sound
          • One Man Band

          Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This guitar was highly rated ... I could not afford more so this one fills the bill in all areas ... and it was a returned in like new condition ... and they were right.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love it!

          By Jay

          from Tappan, Ny

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              This guitar was well worth the wait. It feels, plays and sounds amazing. And it's nice to look at :)

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